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While it’s easy to find free embroidery machine designs for almost anything, finding free embroidery fonts is another story. And if you don’t like the built-in fonts on your machine (mine, at least, are not great for monogramming) and don’t have software that includes fonts, you might want to collect some more.
While you can purchase many fonts for a fairly inexpensive price, I’m a deal-hunter to the core and internally squeal with glee whenever I find a bargain or freebie. My husband and I spent a decade paying off our doctoral loans, so being thrifty is ingrained in us.
As such, I searched high and low and came up with this compilation of where to download free embroidery machine fonts. These fonts are good quality and cute as well, so I hope you enjoy collecting them as much as I did!
A Note About BX Fonts, ESA Fonts, and File Formats
If you’re new to embroidery, you might notice that some fonts include a .bx or .esa file and some include only machine file formats like .pes, .jef, or .art.
The difference between a .bx font, .esa font, and an embroidery letter file might seem confusing! With .bx fonts, you can add letters together in free Embrilliance software using your keyboard and then save the entire word in your machine’s file format (ex .pes, .jef). This is very helpful! .Esa fonts are great if you have (not free but still awesome) Hatch or Wilcom software, which allows you to do the same thing. (Lindee G has an awesome comparison of the two types if you’re wanting to learn more.)
In contrast, with letter files in your embroidery machine file format, you have to add each individual letter file to your machine as a file to make words. This is much more time-consuming if you don’t have software that allows you to type with your keyboard!
Where to Find Free Embroidery Machine Fonts
To access the websites where you can download these free fonts for your embroidery machine, just click on the blue, underlined font names as you see them.
And a couple of other notes before the list. If you like the free fonts offered by a designer, consider purchasing more fonts from them in the future to help support their continued digitizing! And, I’ve last checked these links in early 2021, so if things have changed and these fonts are no longer available, please don’t hate me.
Also, most of these sites will also have their files zipped. To use them on your machine, you will first need to unzip them.
Five Star Fonts Free Embroidery Machine Fonts
Five Star Fonts is the goldmine website for where to download free embroidery fonts. These fonts come in both .bx formats as well as your machine’s file format if you prefer.
- The Free Applique Font is one of my favorite finds! Appliques are fun, easy, take up less stitching time, and allow for more color pop on outfits if you add fun fabrics. (For more info, read: how to machine applique if you’re still learning!)
- The Fun n Funky Font is a capital letter font that comes in at around 3.85″ in height. It has two outline options and would look so cute when personalizing baby gifts.
- The Teachers Pet Font is a catch in that it comes in five different sizes from .55″ to 1.20″. It’s a simple capital letter font that’s not a script and has a more playful vibe to it.
- The Free Racing Numbers aren’t a font per se, but this free download includes the numbers 0-9. Many free fonts you’ll download will have alphabet letters only, so grabbing some basic free embroidery number files is a good idea, too!
- The Freaky Embroidery Font is interesting. I’m not sure I’m in love with it, as it’s a little weirder than what I’m used to as a Mom of two cutesy girls! However, you never know when you may need a Halloween font!
- The Stacked Embroidery Machine Font comes in lowercase letters only, but if you pair it with a free font that comes with only capitals, you’re in luck!
Embrilliance & .BX Free Fonts
- HERE are three free BX fonts: Almost Fancy, Blockish, and Textured from Embrilliance software. These are a fun brush script font, a thin block font, and a textured surface block font. I haven’t stitched any of them yet, but being given by Embrilliance, you know these will be good-quality fonts for your embroidery machine.
- Lindee G offers the 1-inch size of her neon lights font for free in .bx format.
Bunnycup Embroidery Free Fonts
Bunnycup Embroidery (one of my favorite places to buy cute appliques for baby gifts) also has a nice selection of free fonts. None of their free embroidery fonts include .bx formats, though, which is a bit of a bummer!
- The Cheri Alphabet Font is cute and perfect for embroidering a name on a blanket for a baby! This is my favorite of the three free fonts they offer.
- The Countryside Alphabet Font includes capital letters, lower case letters, numbers, and a couple of characters. It comes in one size slightly less than 1″.
- The free Flores Alphabet Font is a very cute block font with little flowers helping to shape the letters. It comes in one size and has both capital letters and numbers and then rectangular blocks enclosing these same characters.
Baby Kay’s Appliques
- The Wild West Font is a unique Western font that comes in three sizes. I’m looking forward to using it to monogram something for my daughter when they celebrate Rodeo Week at school. (I’m from Texas, y’all, and this is a big thing here!)
- The Fat Dot Font reminds me of how I spent so many hours of my high school years putting little dots on all my letters to try and make projects cutesy. As I always had HORRIBLE handwriting (and as a former engineer and doctor, it never got any better over time either), I love this font!
GG Designs Embroidery
- The free Scary Font from GG Designs Embroidery is spooky and Halloween-like. It has a little bit of a Harry Potter feel to it as well! Unfortunately, it comes in uppercase letters only. This fill-stitch font does come in three sizes, though: 1 inch, 1.5 inches, and 2 inches, and includes numbers. You can download in .bx or several other embroidery file formats.
There are close to 20 free and incredibly creative fonts on this website. Quite possibly the best selection I’ve ever seen for free! I had some issues downloading fonts from them in the past, but it looks like the issue is fixed as of today’s post update.
Oma’s Place Free Embroidery Fonts
- The Anna free BX font from Oma’s Place is cute and somewhat swirly. It comes in both uppercase and lowercase and would be perfect for adding a child’s name to a lunchbox or blanket.
- The Kids Applique Alphabet is an applique embroidery font that comes in capital letters and one size. As such, there are no lowercase letters and no numbers. But, to find a free applique font is great luck!
My Sew Cute Boutique
- This cute free embroidery font features both upper case and lowercase letters and is a timeless brush script embroidery font. As a huge plus, it comes in SIX sizes, from 1″ to 6″. To download, you have to agree to receive their newsletter and provide an address and phone number. Not too much of a hardship, I suppose, to grab a free font in 6 different sizes!
- The cherry letters font includes free swirly capital letters decorated with cherries, leaves, and hearts. This is cute if you’re wanting to monogram something with just a single letter! It may look a little ridiculous if you’re wanting to put several letters in a row into a name, for instance.
- And, the back-to-school font is also very fun and would be perfect for monogramming back-to-school shirts, backpacks, lunch boxes, and more.
Kreative Kiwi Embroidery
- This cute free redwork baby alphabet will be perfect for monogramming something for a baby shower!
- Here’s another running stitch alphabet that comes in at around 20mm in height and includes both upper and lower case letters.
Other Good Options for Cheap Embroidery Machine Fonts
If you don’t like any of the above free embroidery fonts but are still on a strict budget, here are other affordable ways to build up your font stash.
- Consider an inexpensive embroidery software like Sew What Pro. Here, you can (with varied results) convert any .ttf or .otf font installed on your computer to an embroidery font. The end results aren’t always perfect, but, this is worth considering if you have many unique fonts on your computer that you’d love to embroider with! (I do have a SewWhat-Pro review and brief tutorial as well as a tutorial for how to create a monogram in Sew What Pro if you want to learn more about the program!)
- Embroidery Super Deal is a fun website where you can buy a set of 200+ fonts for less than $10. (You can shop their fonts on Etsy as well.) As an alternative, you can buy their entire website for $20, which includes hundreds of design packs and many more fonts. (Read more in my Embroidery Super Deal review. I’ve bought the entire site deal in the past.)
- If you want ESA fonts to use with Hatch, check out wilcomembroideryfonts.com. Sometimes you can find a freebie, but I can’t guarantee anything obviously.
Any Free Fonts I’m Missing?
I’m always in the market for free goodies for my embroidery machine, so I’d love to hear if you know any other places that offer free fonts! And, if you’re a deal-lover like me, check out some of my other freebies-related posts to get you inspired for your next project:
- Free Embroidery Machine Designs: My Favorite Websites
- Where to Download Free and Paid In-the-Hoop Designs
- Websites with Free Halloween Embroidery Machine Designs
- Free Fall and Thanksgiving Embroidery Machine Design Websites
- Christmas Embroidery Machine Design Freebies
- Free Embroidery Applique Designs to Download